TOPIC 6- Talk about an enjoyable experience you had at a restaurant

TOPIC 6- Talk about an enjoyable experience you had at a restaurant 

BAND 8.0+


Alice (English US)

George (English US)

When did this happen?

Who were you there with?

What was positive about this experience?

What could you recommend for the restaurant to be even better?


Last year, I had a lovely dining experience at a 5-star restaurant called Oriental Pearl, which is in the Landmark building, located in Binh Thanh district. It’s about 10 kilometers from my place.

I had been there with my husband, Mr. Chi Linh. We really didn’t have any chance to go out to enjoy ourselves at any restaurant during the pandemic lockdown. And in order to celebrate our first wedding anniversary, We decided to go to that restaurant. It took me about a month to find this restaurant because there are a variety of restaurants in HCM City to choose from. I did a bit of research online for Oriental Pearl and found the reviews quite great, 4.5 out of 5, The seafood there is really fresh, and their service is excellent.

The restaurant is on the 66th floor of the Landmark Building, the highest building in VN. Because its altitude is really high, there are only seats inside, but we can admire the magnificent view of the city from my seat and the view of the road. And in the evening, with all the lights, it was really impressive and fabulous.

They serve a variety of foods, from Vietnamese food to Chinese food to Western food.

They specialize in seafood buffets, so we can eat whatever we want, and we mostly went for seafood like lobsters, crabs, oysters, shrimp, and some Chinese food like dim sum and beef steak. We ordered two cokes to have a better taste.

I had the opportunity to taste lots of dishes, and so much of the experience was outstanding. The food, the atmosphere, and the beverages were really great. And the staff are really attentive. But it would be better if they could provide their service faster. Because I had to wait about 30 minutes for my drink, it made me uncomfortable at that time. Maybe it was so crowded on the weekends. And of course, it could be cheaper because we paid nearly $200 for that buffet. Which is quite high compared to the citizens’ income in HCM city. But with the quality of service they provide, they couldn’t make it cheaper.



Alice (English US)

George (English US)

  1. What are the most popular types of restaurants these days?

Based on my observation, the most common restaurants these days are buffet restaurants, which serve mostly seafood at cheaper prices. Near my apartment, there are at least 10 buffet restaurants that specialize in seafood. But their prices are quite cheap because their target customers are students.

  1. Why are these so popular?

In my opinion, there are many reasons

Firstly, people love eating seafood, and they want to eat as much as possible.

Secondly, people want to spend quality time with their friends or their family while eating seafood; this is definitely a great experience for everyone.

  1. What is needed for a restaurant to be successful?

The quality of food is absolutely the top priority for any restaurant. Apart from that, the service is important, like having attentive staff and great views.

  1. How do negative experiences affect a restaurant?

I reckon that poor experiences can cause a restaurant to go out of business. Nowadays, people look for reviews before choosing a restaurant. So any negative comments can make other customers get away from that restaurant and choose other restaurants.

  1. How has technology affected the success or failure of restaurants?

From my point of view, modern technology has a big impact on any restaurant; it can make restaurants successful or bankrupt.

On the one hand, they can use digital menus; they have a QR code at the table to order food faster.

On the other hand,  negative online reviews can cause bankruptcy for any business.

  1. What are the best ways to improve the operations of a business?

The right way to optimize any business is through regular reviews and feedback, so the company can identify any mistakes or problems that must be improved. Therefore, customer feedback is really important.

  1. Who is responsible for improving a business?

It definitely falls to the owner, the management, and the frontline workers. They can know which areas need improvement to provide quality products and services.

  1. What resources are available to help businesses operate well?

I think that there are many resources available for companies to function effectively. Like loans, training, and tax benefits. During the pandemic, our government provided relief funds for companies to survive the hardships.

  1. How can entrepreneurs find resources to improve their businesses?

In my opinion, the best way for any business to grow is to search online and network with others in the industry. It’s wise to get more information from experienced companies that have already gone through the economic crisis.

  1. Are you ready to start a successful business?

There are numerous resources that any firm can take advantage of, like business websites, blogs, apps, or mobile app tools, to provide better services for their customers.


  1. the pandemic lockdown (phong tỏa do đại dịch)
    • Phiên âm: /ðə pænˈdɛmɪk ˈlɒkdaʊn/
    • Ví dụ: The government implemented a strict pandemic lockdown to control the spread of the virus.
  2. Fabulous- adj- (tuyệt vời, tuyệt diệu)
    • Phiên âm: /ˈfæbjʊləs/
    • Ví dụ: She looked absolutely fabulous in her new evening gown.
  3. admire the magnificent view (ngắm cảnh tuyệt đẹp)
    • Phiên âm: /ədˈmaɪər ðə ˈmæɡˈnɪfɪsnt vjuː/
    • Ví dụ: We climbed to the top of the mountain to admire the magnificent view of the valley below.
  4. specialize in –v-(chuyên về, chuyên môn về)
    • Phiên âm: /ˈspɛʃəlaɪz ɪn/
    • Ví dụ: The restaurant specializes in authentic Italian cuisine.
  5. Based on my observation (dựa trên quan sát của tôi)
    • Phiên âm: /beɪst ɒn maɪ ˌɒbzərˈveɪʃən/
    • Ví dụ: Based on my observation, the team’s performance has improved significantly since the new coach took over.
  6. the top priority (ưu tiên hàng đầu)
    • Phiên âm: /ðə tɒp praɪˈɔrəti/
    • Ví dụ: The safety of the passengers is the airline’s top priority.
  7. go out of business (phá sản, đóng cửa)
    • Phiên âm: /ɡoʊ aʊt ʌv ˈbɪznɪs/
    • Ví dụ: The bookstore couldn’t sustain its operation and had to go out of business.
  8. bankrupt – adj- (phá sản)
    • Phiên âm: /ˈbæŋkrʌpt/
    • Ví dụ: The company filed for bankruptcy after facing financial difficulties.
  9. Optimize –v- (tối ưu hóa)
    • Phiên âm: /ˈɒptɪmaɪz/
    • Ví dụ: The software engineer worked to optimize the performance of the application.
  • falls to –v-(rơi vào, thuộc về)
    • Phiên âm: /fɔːlz tuː/
    • Ví dụ: The responsibility for organizing the event falls to the event coordinator.
  • the frontline workers (các nhân viên tuyến đầu)
    • Phiên âm: /ðə ˈfraɪntl waːrkərz/
    • Ví dụ: The healthcare workers and first responders are considered the frontline workers in the fight against the pandemic.
  • relief funds –n- (quỹ cứu trợ)
    • Phiên âm: /rɪˈliːf fʌndz/
    • Ví dụ: The government allocated relief funds to support those affected by the natural disaster.
  • the hardships –n- (những khó khăn, gian khổ)
    • Phiên âm: /ðə ˈhɑːrdʃɪps/
    • Ví dụ: Despite the hardships they faced, they never lost hope.
  • go through / experience the economic crisis (trải qua cuộc khủng hoảng kinh tế)
    • Phiên âm: /ɡoʊ θruː / ɪkˌsˈpɪriəns ði ˌiːkəˈnɒmɪk ˈkraɪsɪs/
    • Ví dụ: Many businesses went through the economic crisis and had to adapt to survive.
  • take advantage of –v- (tận dụng)
    • Phiên âm: /teɪk ædˈvæntɪdʒ ʌv/
    • Ví dụ: She decided to take advantage of the sale and bought a new laptop at a discounted price.


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